Acarigua – Valencia

Acarigua – Valencia

Caro, my host, was going on holiday to Italy for a couple of weeks and so had brrowed her friends camera meaning I got a couple of pictures, yay. My mum had been in touch with Canon in the US and they said the only thing that I could do was send the camera back there to get it fixed, not appealing. I had been in touch with a camera shop in Caracas that’s listed on the Canon website, and they’d said that they could fix things although it wouldn’t be under warranty. I’m hoping

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Mérida – Acarigua

Mérida – Acarigua

I had a couple of delightful days off in Mérida with Jodi and Ebed. There was plenty of rest thrown in, including a trip to a hot spring, wandering round downtown and drinking plenty of beer. A crate of 36 222ml bottles of beer cost 200 Bolivares – less than $5 at the black market rate. As well as that, there was a visit to a gym class which involved so many squats I managed to tweak a muscle. Unfortunately one of the main attractions of Mérida has been closed for the last few years, although

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Cúcuta – Mérida

Cúcuta – Mérida

My day off was spent hanging out in the house, but in the afternoon I went to the main shopping centre – Ventura Plaza – to change the money I would need for my month or so in Venezuela. In nearly every country I’ve been to so far, I’ve not had to worry about that and just withdrawn money from the cash machines in country thanks to my N&P (now Yorkshire) debit card where they don’t charge me for international usage. That would continue in Venezuela, but for one

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Duitama – Cúcuta

Duitama – Cúcuta

I had the pleasure of José and his uncle joining me on the ride out of Duitama up and over the first climb of the day to the town of Belen, where we stopped for a second breakfast and coffees. After they left, I had a couple of hour climb up to another barren páramo – moor – landscape and at times it just made me think of being in Yorkshire. It’s strange the way we make that link between a place we are and a place we hold dear. The quietness of the road with light rolling hills

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Bogotá – Duitama

Bogotá – Duitama

During my trip back home, I managed to replace a few things that had taken a good battering so far on the trip. That included the 35L dry bag that I use to store my tent and sleeping bag which had reached the point where it was only mildly water resistant as it had so many holes, the bell which had lost one of it’s sides back in Cancun, my laptop battery which lasted barely more than 90 minutes instead of the 6 hours originally, and the sunglasses that had been crushed in a train door a

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